Argan oil and 'Moroccan oil' products have taken the hair care world by storm in recent years. My first experience with a Moroccan oil product was positive, and it's a product that I haven't been without since then. There are so many brands available these days, and I have tried a few. So when I saw a brand called Silk Oil of Morocco being promoted on TVSN, I thought - here we go, another "Moroccan oil" brand. However I decided to do a bit of research, and I also listened in to the shows, to find out more about Moroccan Argan Oil, and this particular company.
Silk Oil of Morocco is an Australian company, and their range is made here in Australia. Their products were created out of need for more natural, but effective hair and skin care products. All Silk Oil of Morocco products contain certified organic cold-pressed Argan oil, which is harvested in sustainable methods in south-west Morocco. Their range began with a humble serum, but has now expanded to include a wide range of hair care products (shampoos, conditioners, treatments and styling products), skin care products and cosmetics. What I particularly like about this company is that they formulate their products without a lot of the ingredients that can have a negative effect on hair and skin, such as sulphates, parabens, formaldehydes, talcs and fillers.
So what is it that makes Argan oil so good?
- Argan oil contains numerous beneficial vitamins and nutrients, including vitamins E, C, F and A, Omega 9, essential fatty acids, squalene and antioxidants.
- These vitamins and nutrients have great healing properties, provide hydration to the skin and hair, and provide protection against oxidative damage, environmental pollution and damage from UV rays.
- It has a low molecular weight, so absorbs easily into the hair shaft and also the skin.
- It can assist in balancing the sebum levels in the skin.
Key points to remember when purchasing Argan oil products
- Argan oil comes from the Argan tree, which grows predominantly in south-west Morocco. Check where the Argan oil is sourced from - the location of the source of the Argan oil can be an indicator of whether it is genuine.
- Due to lack of regulation, a product can be marketed as an "Argan oil" product, even if it contains low concentrations such as 0.5%. Check the amount of Argan oil in the product.
- Much like juicing, cold-pressed Argan oil is far superior than Argan oil which has been extracted by other methods (such as boiling). Cold pressing ensures that the highest possible concentration of nutrients are extracted, and that they remain in tact. Heat extraction can cause the vitamins and nutrients to deteriorate.
- Check whether the Argan oil is 'certified organic', and has not been grown using any chemicals.
Silk Oil of Morocco Hair and Scalp Treatment Serum
All the info from Silk
Silk Oil of Morocco Hair and Scalp (Skin) Serum provides hair and skin with immediate moisture infusion, creating a lustrous finish and superior hydration over a long period. It provides a soft finish and leaves no residue, thus avoiding greasiness. It is a rich blend of luxurious ingredients. It is not like any other oil – it’s dry oil. Sometimes known as “Miracle Oil’ – it leaves no residue or build up on the hair. This Serum gives your hair vibrant instant shine which makes your hair soft and silky and has the ability to restore hair from both chemical and environmental damage.
- Infused with cold pressed certified organic Argan oil
- Repairs damage to hair, skin & nails due to; heat, styling, colouring, perming, straightening & environmental pollution
- Leaves the hair and skin feeling silky smooth.
- Helps to improve heath of hair and skin
- NO linseed oil – leaves no residue or build up on the hair
- Moisturizes and hydrates the hair
- Adds vibrant shine to hair
- Can be used daily
- Free from sulfates.
- Not tested on animals
Application: Place a small amount evenly onto fingers. Apply to hair or skin.
On Hair: 2 Options:
Option 1: Use on towel dried hair before combing and blow drying (you can reduce your blow drying time by about 30 – 50%). The Oil soaks up the water in your hair!
Option 2: On Dry hair glide over mids to ends of hair, applying more as and when you need it. On Scalp: Rub the Serum into your scalp paying attention to the very dry, scaly, flaky, itchy skin and leave. On Skin: Apply all over body where you need moisture and hydration.
I could tell that this serum had a higher amount of Argan oil than other serums I had tried. Initially, I felt that it would be too greasy and oily for my hair, because I could see and feel this oily substance on my hands. But not only did it soak into my hair, but it did absorb into my hands as well without any residue. I usually apply the serum on wet hair just before blowdrying, and also after blowdrying. It's on dry hair that it looks like it's just going to sit there on the surface of the hair and give a shiny, oily look. But give it a couple of minutes or so, and it absorbs nicely without any residue.
It works brilliantly as a heat protecting product, but also as a styling product to control flyaways and frizzies, and to give a healthy shine to the hair. The ends of my hair feel much more hydrated when I use this particular serum. Most of the time, it's the only product that I use on my hair prior to blowdrying and straightening - and so far, I've had no split ends. And best of all - it cuts down my blowdrying time.
It took me a while, but I started using the serum on my skin, particularly on the areas of my scalp where I suffer from eczema, and it helps to settle the flakiness and redness. And I now apply it on any patches of skin which are suffering from dryness. The packaging of this serum is great - every bottle, from the smallest to the largest size, comes with a pump, so it's very convenient.
The scent is a light fruity passionfruit scent, which when first used, feels like it's lingering. But the more you use it, the less noticeable the scent becomes.
The verdict: Compared to other Argan oil serums I've tried, this one is definitely up there as one of the best quality. I have since tried many other products in the Silk Oil of Morocco range, and have been really impressed (hint - more reviews coming!). The serum is a great all-round product for the hair - as a heat protecting product, smoothing, anti-frizz and shine product, and also works great on the skin as a moisturiser, and on the scalp to help with any dry patches and flaking. It might seem oily initially, but give it a couple of minutes and it does soak in.
Stockists: Silk Oil of Morocco products are available from the Silk Oil of Morocco website, selected salons, and TVSN.
Official website: www.oilofmorocco.com.au